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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Aug 15, 2006 2:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Look out...politics are comin' in!!!

Look what's happenin' down the street,
got a revolution got to revolution!
Now I'm dancin' down the street,
got a revolution start a revolution
This generation got soul
Our generation got sold

Now it's time for you and me

We're volunteers of America
Volunteers of America

Lost the lyric sheet, but the words are scorched into my dna.

The Grateful Dead politics were more about social change and freedoms on a day to day reality, from the 1967 bust that made headlines and got them a press conference...
To the Harry Reasoner "Hippie Temptation" tv special where Garcia and Lesh talked about moving the world ahead a step, or half a step.

Mainly, the Dead's politics have been about freedom to persue happiness rather than tearing down the wall.

Their alliance with Bob Dylan and other folk music left the door open for songs with messages such as Morning Dew (anti-a-bomb), yet of the many Dylan /folk songs they covered, none were along the lines of...
Masters Of War
It's Alright Ma I'm Only Dying
Ballad Of Malcom X
John Birch Society Blues
The Woody Guthrie Communist Party Massacre
My Little Red Book
Drugstore Truck Drivin' Man
Hippie From Olema
Revolution #9
Eve Of Destruction

One of their only topical songs was New Speedway Boogie. That I recall.

The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater (Fortunate Son), Jimi Hendrix (Machine Gun, Isabella),
Mothers Of Invention (Trouble Comin' Everday), Turtles, Donovan, Byrds and other artists as old as the Dead, performed political songs, perhaps more such songs than the GD.

Are politics anethema to the extended Dead family?






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Poster: ME_Oakie Date: Aug 15, 2006 8:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Look out...politics are comin' in!!!

Throwing stones ain't political? Just kidding around

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Aug 15, 2006 3:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Look out...politics are comin' in!!!

Excerpt from Garcia interview:

Q: "The Grateful Dead got started at a time when rock bands were getting political. How do you feel about bringing politics into music?"

GARCIA: "That always used to scare me. It's tough when somebody takes a topical stand and makes their work political, even if the nature of the politics is to say 'give peace a chance,' it's like what you're doing is you're entering in the war game whether you like it or not. Your saying, 'give peace a chance' is like saying forget about war for a while, which is really like saying remember war. Back in the sixties when everybody was either on one side or the other, we [the GD] used to spend all our time avoiding being on one side or the other, because in that particular game there's only one side, and any energy that you give to the idea of war, is war, you know. And it's all war, and the best thing to do is to drop the whole notion. I mean fighting about war is just like fighting about [?], fighting about peace. A war is a war, a fight is a fight, and a struggle is a struggle, and if you put yourself in that position you're going to have to pay the dues, and so as far as I was concerned, it was always. That's why we never wrote any anti-war songs. It's because like why participate on any level, why give war any energy. Any energy you give it, glamorizes it; any energy you give it, even to say that it's a bad trip."

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 15, 2008 11:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Look out...politics are comin' in!!!

Hippie Temptation revisited

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Aug 15, 2006 4:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Look out...politics are comin' in!!!

That really answers my question, thanks for posting that interview excerpt.

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Poster: high flow Date: Aug 15, 2006 4:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Look out...politics are comin' in!!!

Hey Now(Perky Intro) - Here's one thing I know.

When we talk about music, there's alotta, "amen brother"s and "well said"s and "thanks for the tip, I'll check it out"s. You know, compliments and cooperation. I really don't care if people talk politics here, but for the posters who have become my "GD archive homies", is this as fun as "best SOTM"? I think not. I get plenty of news shouved down my gullet, I come here to escape. So, if it's political(GD politics excluded), I probablt won't read it. Deal? Or should I say, best "Deal" ever? Some '71 "Deal"s are hot...

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Aug 15, 2006 4:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Look out...politics are comin' in!!!

without a doubt 4/22/78 Deal. Jerry and Donna go bonkers